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The Moment Before
In Poland, a young Jewish girl plays with a ball near her house
not seeing the Gestapo riding in on trucks
In Japan, a boy plays with a butterfly-shaped kite
not seeing the impending fallout over the city center
In Nanking, a girl plays dress-up with her sister's old dress
not seeing the army outside of the city
In Hawaii, a boy runs along the beach, jumping in and out of the waves
not seeing the bombers over the nearby harbor
In Ethiopia, a girl and her mother walk home from a friend's house
not seeing the yellow-green cloud advancing
In London, a boy races his friends through the streets
Not seeing the bombers overhead
In Vietnam, a girl looks over her family's farm
Not seeing the troops in the jungle
In Syria, a girl and her older sister walk to get water
Not seeing the fighters moving in
Somwhere in this world, a child is living happily
Not seeing the terrible change ahead.
Currently learning about WWII, and it got me to thinking, so I decided to write this.
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